The Upper School Head has broad responsibility for all activities involving the Upper School and is a visible and supportive presence in the classrooms, athletic fields, performances, co-curricular activities, and parent and admission events. He/She reports directly to the Head of School and is a member of the Leadership Team. With the Dean of Faculty, the Upper School Head supervises the upper school faculty and chairs a committee of Upper School administrators. We are looking for candidates who have also demonstrated a commitment to fostering diversity and inclusion, within and outside the classroom.
This is not intended to be a complete list of responsibilities, duties, and skills that are required or may be required in the future.
Oversee the day-to-day operations of the Upper School
Maintain alignment between the School’s Mission and the goals and culture of the Upper School
Be culturally responsive, prioritizing diversity and inclusion in all facets of the School
Work with the Head of School, Dean of Faculty, Middle School Head, and Director of CITYterm to assure congruency and collaboration among the Divisions
Develop/maintain trusting relationships with all constituencies
Manage daily schedule
In cooperation with the Director of Admission and the Dean of Students, help plan and implement the orientation of Upper School students
Ensure clear communication with faculty, staff, students, and parents, serving as mediator when needed
Plan and facilitate Upper School faculty meetings
Review and approve Upper School written communications
Assist the Admissions Office in decisions as needed
Collaborate in creating the all-school calendar and periodic event calendars
Ensure compliance with legal requirements and educational standards established by the School’s accrediting agencies
Plan and supervise Commencement, Curriculum Night, and the Curriculum Fair
Work with the Technology Department to weave technology into the fabric of the School
Maintain a vibrant, innovative, relevant curriculum
Help to build cohesion in the 5-12 curriculum
Co-chair the Academic Committee with Dean of Faculty
Supervise Department Chairs, with Dean of Faculty
Faculty Development and Evaluation
Ensure faculty compliance with expectations, duties, and responsibilities
Visit classrooms and communicate regularly with faculty regarding both successes and challenges, in collaboration with Dean of Faculty
Work with the Head of School and Dean of Faculty to decide on retention, assignment, and termination of teachers
In cooperation with Dean of Faculty, participate in the orientation of new teachers and in-service training for all teachers
Student Leadership Support
Mentor student leaders, particularly co-chairs of the Community Government
Assist in planning and delivery of morning meetings and assemblies
Extensive work in and deep understanding of independent schools; boarding school experience desirable
Genuineness, outstanding emotional intelligence, warmth, humor, and generosity of spirit
Ability to think strategically, critically, and creatively
Demonstrated ethical decision-making and leadership skills
Excellent conflict resolution skills and willingness to hold difficult conversations
Outstanding oral and written communication skills
HOW TO APPLY:
To apply, please submit a letter of interest that explains why you would succeed in this position, resume, and three references via email to email@example.com (Adobe® PDF format preferred) and include “Upper School Head” in the subject line.
This position announcement is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this job title and the education and skills required. This is not intended to be a complete list of all responsibilities, duties and skills that are required or may be required in the future.
Background Screening: The Masters School conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third-party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.
The Masters School actively seeks to promote diversity through its students, faculty and programs.
The Masters School is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
About The Masters School
The Masters School (www.mastersny.org) is a coeducational day and boarding school that engages 5th–12th grade students with a challenging academic program in a welcoming learning environment. Located on 96 picturesque acres overlooking the Hudson River, The Masters School community takes advantage of both its access to the tri-state area and its proximity to the rich cultural and educational magnet that is New York City. We offer our diverse student body, hailing from 33 different countries, the resources and activities of our seven-day campus and dedicated, talented faculty and staff. Through exceptional academics, outstanding visual and performing arts, championship athletic teams, and active community engagement, the Masters experience prepares students to thrive in college, career, and life. Our students graduate determined to make a positive contribution to their world.
The Masters School celebrates active participation, deep understanding, and meaningful connection. A community of diverse individuals, we gather to learn, to strive, to dare, to do – to be a power for good in the world.